Dale Jr. Wins Richmond Pole

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RICHMOND, VA (TheSpread) – Dale Earnhardt Jr. was fastest in qualifying for the Federated Auto Parts 400, and he will start the race up front on Saturday night.

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According to oddsmakers, Dale Jr. now has 8/1 odds to win this race. Denny Hamlin is now the favorite by himself with 9/2 odds to win while Jimmie Johnson and Jeff Gordon each have 6/1 odds to win this race.

Hamlin sits seventh in the point standings. He has won the last two Sprint Cup races and has four wins on the year with 11 top 5’s. He is 57 points out of first. Hamlin has two wins at Richmond and an average finish of 7.3. His driver rating at the track is 117.2, which ranks first in the series. Hamlin qualified seventh for this race.

Johnson is fourth in the point standings. He is 31 points out of first. Johnson has three wins and 12 top 5’s on the year. Johnson has three wins at Richmond with an average finish of 16.7. His driver rating at Richmond is 89.6, which ranks 10th in the series. Johnson will start fifth on Saturday.

Gordon is 13th in the standings. He has one win and six top 5’s on the year. Gordon needs a top finish or a win to get himself in the final spot in the Chase. Gordon has two wins at Richmond with an average finish of 14.7 at the track. His driver rating at Richmond is 96.2, which ranks sixth in the series. Gordon is starting second on Saturday night.

The Federated Auto Parts 400 will take place Saturday, September 8 from Richmond International Raceway at 7:43PM ET. For complete odds and track information on this year’s event, see below.

Odds to win the Federated Auto Parts 400 – 2012 Federated Auto Parts 400 – Richmond International Raceway – Saturday, September 8, 2012

Denny Hamlin 9/2

Jimmie Johnson 6/1

Jeff Gordon 6/1

Kyle Busch 8/1

Brad Keselowski 8/1

Dale Earnhardt Jr 8/1

Clint Bowyer 10/1

Carl Edwards 10/1

Martin Truex Jr 10/1

Kevin Harvick 12/1

Mark Martin 15/1

Kasey Kahne 18/1

Tony Stewart 20/1

Matt Kenseth 25/1

Greg Biffle 30/1

Joey Logano 40/1

Ryan Newman 60/1

Sam Hornish Jr 100/1

Jeff Burton 100/1

Regan Smith 100/1

Marcos Ambrose 200/1

Kurt Busch 200/1

Jamie McMurray 200/1

Juan Pablo Montoya 200/1

Paul Menard 200/1

Aric Almirola 300/1

David Gilliland 500/1

David Ragan 500/1

Bobby Labonte 500/1

Field (Any Other Driver) 500/1

Qualifying Results

1 Dale Earnhardt Jr. (88)

2 Jeff Gordon (24)

3 Regan Smith (78)

4 Clint Bowyer (15)

5 Jimmie Johnson (48)

6 Mark Martin (55)

7 Denny Hamlin (11)

8 Joey Logano (20)

9 Martin Truex Jr. (56)

10 Brad Keselowski (2)

11 Sam Hornish Jr. (22)

12 Landon Cassill (83)

13 Kevin Harvick (29)

14 Ryan Newman (39)

15 Kyle Busch (18)

16 Carl Edwards (99)

17 Matt Kenseth (17)

18 Aric Almirola (43)

19 Michael McDowell (98)

20 Jeff Burton (31)

21 Kasey Kahne (5)

22 Marcos Ambrose (9)

23 Greg Biffle (16)

24 Juan Pablo Montoya (42)

25 Paul Menard (27)

26 Jamie McMurray (1)

27 David Ragan (34)

28 Tony Stewart (14)

29 Bobby Labonte (47)

30 Kurt Busch (51)

31 David Stremme (30)

32 Travis Kvapil (93)

33 Dave Blaney (36)

34 Joe Nemechek (87)

35 David Gilliland (38)

36 Stephen Leicht (33)

37 David Reutimann (10)

38 Scott Riggs (23)

39 Ken Schrader (32)

40 Mike Bliss (119)

41 Josh Wise (26)

42 Casey Mears (13)

43 Reed Sorenson (191)

44 J.J. Yeley (37) DNQ

45 Mark Green (0) DNQ

2012 Federated Auto Parts 400 Information

Race Date: Saturday, September 8

Location: Richmond International Raceway, Richmond, VA

Pre-Race: 7PM ET

Green Flag: 7:43PM ET

TV Coverage: ABC

Track Type: Short Track (400 laps)

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